Pretty Hostess Slain in Cemetery

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The Peoria Hallmark Sex Murder

Episode 182 tells the story of a young sex fiend, whose aggressive pursuit of his nefarious goals ends up with a body in a ditch. Police find a diary he kept of his exploits, and is used in court as evidence — for the defense.

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Mystic Murder for Money


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Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

The Philadelphia Arsenic Ring

Episode 181 takes us down a dark road of spiritualism and witchcraft, of an elaborate web that led to an estimated 200 deaths by various means including arsenic poisoning, and two executions and 12 life sentences as a consequence.


In a sidebar that I am posting as a separate episode, “The South Philly Witch Doctor,” you can hear a first-person account of the mystic practices behind this stunning conspiracy.

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Tracking Harry Tracy

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Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

The Last Desperado Of The Wild West

Episode 180 takes us to the final days of the Old West and the search for the notorious outlaw Harry Tracy, who made a daring, deadly escape from the Oregon penitentiary and embarked on a deadlier two month flight from justice.

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The Walloomsac River Conspiracy

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A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty…

How Mary Rogers Murdered Her Husband

Episode 179 tells the story of a sordid little plot to commit murder in 1902, set in motion by a young married woman of questionable reputation. One boyfriend helps her in her plot. Another testifies against her. And when she receives her sentence, she cries for her girlfriend.

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Husbands Full of Lead

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Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

Betty Martin & Mildred Bolton Take Aim

Episode 178 takes us to Chicago in the 1930s, when two women stand trial for very similar crimes: murdering their husbands, the second one inspired by the first. Both women are a little crazy, maybe a lot crazy, but their demeanor during their trials and the very different outcomes make for an interesting study in compare and contrast. One of them is pretty, the other one pudgy. Which one do you guess gets acquitted?

Mildred Mary Bolton committed suicide while in prison in 1943 by slashing her throat with a pair of scissors.
Betty Martin faded into history. I hope she fared better.

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